Like most people, I'm fairly tolerant of campaign statements that contains some shadings of the truth that are far short of outright lies.
A slight exaggeration of a candidate's skills is part of the political game. Shy introverts seldom run for political office.
But it is shocking to read campaign mailings that almost totally distort an opponent's voting record.
The mailings forwarded to me were in the GOP primary race for House District 16 in Jackson between incumbent Ruth Ann Petroff and Bob Biolchini. Petroff won the GOP primary by 112 votes, besting Biolchini 460 to 348. No Democrat filed for the seat so Petroff will have no general election campaign and is as good as re-elected.
One of Biolchini's mailings claims Petroff is a liberal, one of those Rinos (Republicans in name only) who are under attack in this state. She also is accused of voting with the Democrats -- that mighty bloc of 10 votes in the Republican controlled 60-member House.
The Biolchini claim that caught my attention listed selected bills in the 2011 legislative session as examples of liberal big government politics.
The first cited "huge tax hikes on oil and gas." I could recall none. The bill listed in the campaign ad did not authorize any tax on oil but would have allow a phased in fuels tax of 10 cents per gallon. Moreover, the bill failed in the House on its first outing on the floor with Petroff voting no
A second bill listed was described as "The Hollywood Handout, giving out millions to California film producers." The bill, in fact, only extended the sunset date for the state's film incentive program and kept the same amount of money authorized earlier -- $900,000. The bill passed the House on a 45-12 roll call vote. Petroff voted yes.
A third bill was identified as "new toll fees and restrictions for interstate drivers." The bill authorized the Wyoming Department of Transportation to get permission from the federal government to impose tolls on I-80 and to develop a project master plan for the Legislature to consider. The bill failed in a Senate committee and Petroff never had a chance to vote on it.
And a fourth bill imposed "even higher fees to visit state parks," according to the campaign mailing. The bill in question would have imposed a $5 user fee for all cars entering state parks. It failed in the House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources on a 2-7 vote. Petroff was one of the seven committee members to vote no
The selection of these 4 bills is odd given that 3 of them failed to pass and a fourth did not increase government spending
Come on candidates. Do some fact-checking before making allegations that are flat wrong.